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One in Christ: Biblical Concepts for a Doctrine of Church Unity


One in Christ: Biblical Concepts for a Doctrine of Church Unity



“That they may be one, as we are one.” John 17:11, Phillips

Christian believers today face countless challenges to their unity in Christ. However, the Bible provides insight and instruction on how to live God’s gift of oneness in Christ. Knowing that envy and jealousies could divide the disciples, Jesus’ burden in the last hours before his death was to pray for their unity.

Jesus’ high priestly prayer in John 17 is a reminder that He is still concerned about Christian unity today. His prayer should be our prayer, however diverse our respective understandings of the gospel message. In this prayer, Jesus’ focus is not on organizational or structural unity but on the unity of all believers—founded in faith, truth, and love.

As the world around us becomes increasingly fragmented, the church must demonstrate that unity in diversity is attainable; that all are equal at the foot of the cross. God’s people are called to demonstrate the healing, reconciling power of the gospel. Such unity is beyond human accomplishment and can only be the result of the divine gift of grace.


  • Unidos en Cristo. Translated by: José Pacheco. Asociación Casa Editora Sudamericana: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018.
  • Como manter a igreja unida apesar de nós. Translated by: Cecília Eller Nascimento. Casa Publicadora Brasileira: Tatuí, SP, Brazil, 2018.
  • Unidad en Cristo: Tres Libros en Uno. Translated by: José Pacheco. Inter-American Division Publishing Association: Doral, FL, 2018.



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Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

First Department

Theology and Christian Philosophy

One in Christ: Biblical Concepts for a Doctrine of Church Unity